A seemingly simple crime turned into a multi-hour police standoff Tuesday evening in Cupertino.
According to Santa Clara County Sheriffs, Ozzy Murillo, reportedly stole approximately $200 of merchandise from Staples on Stevens Creek Blvd. The situation turned scary when Murillo became aggressive at employees, and deputies arrived after 4 p.m.
Murillo then showed a knife and fled toward De Anza Blvd. where he apparently attempted to carjack a bystander.
Apparently, Murillo made it to Donut Wheel on De Anza, where employees were able to escape out a back door. He then set a fire in the store and is accused to taking money from the cash register.
Sheriff’s Deputies called in the Mobile Crisis Unit, Negotiation Teams, and K9s. After several hours, near 7 p.m., Murillo emerged from the store and was taken into custody with K9 support.
Following hospital evaluation, Murillo was charged on a number of counts.
“We would like to thank the Santa Clara Police Department for their assistance and we are thankful no one from the public was hurt,” County Sheriffs said in a Department statement.